On June 30 President Joe Biden announced that the County of Sonoma will receive a $37 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover certain costs related to wildfire risk reduction. The grant is part of an overall $1 billion Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities funding grant and requires a local match of 25 percent, or approximately $13 million, which Sonoma County plans to finance using PG&E settlement funds.
 
“Today I’m announcing a $37 million grant to Sonoma County, California, in support of fire mitigation efforts that are underway,” President Biden said at the start of the briefing. “Because Sonoma knows all too well the devastation wrought by fire, they are the first to apply for the mitigation funds.”

The grant funding will be used to address vegetation management and fire fuel reduction in Sonoma County, and to prevent losses while increasing the environmental and natural values of our wildland areas.
 
County officials intend to distribute the grant funding as part of an integrated, innovative cross-agency "systems" methodology designed to work simultaneously at a large wildland scale and at a neighborhood scale.


For more information about Sonoma County’s recent fire mitigation grant from FEMA, please contact Permit Sonoma at (707) 565-1925 or Tennis.Wick@sonoma-county.org